Date(s) - 04/17/2013
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Bronx Housing Court
1118 Grand Concourse
Bronx Housing Court
For Immediate Release
Monday, April 15, 2013
SOUTH BRONX TENANTS GO TO HOUSING COURT TO DEMAND THAT THE LANDLORD STOP HARASSING THEM.
On Wednesday, April 17th tenants from the 1058 Southern Boulevard Tenants’ Association will rally outside of Bronx Housing Court demanding that their landlord immediately discontinue unjustified housing court cases against their members.
The tenants have formed a tenant association with the help of a grassroots organization, Take Back the Bronx and have organized to file a 7A action. In January, tenants made their slum landlord, Miriam Shasho, aware of their plans to file, which, if successful, would remove the building from the landlord’s control. Since that time, organized tenants have dealt with constant harassment at the hands of their management company, including threats of eviction, unlawful refusal to renew leases, and summons to housing court.
The building was recently entered into HPD’s Alternative Enforcement Program, an enforcement tool created to help landlords and reserved for the city’s 200 most distressed properties. Tenants in this 55 unit building have lived side by side with housing conditions that threaten their health and safety for years, including no heat and hot water, black mold and mildew, severe leaks, rats, and roaches. The tenants have bore the burden of these conditions and many have suffered from health problems due to these deplorable living conditions.
On Wednesday, April 17th the tenants and their allies will rally outside of Bronx housing court to demand that the landlord stop harassing tenants with unjust court cases and actions.
“We have to understand that what is happening to us is a systematic problem. This is happening to tenants throughout NYC that live in poor neighborhoods. What we see as tenants in this struggle is that city bureaucrats, HPD, housing court and its judges are on the side of the rich slumlord. The system is broken and is working against us tenants”- says tenant Lisa Ortega
Following the rally, tenants who have received non-payment petitions will join together to answer their cases. The 1058 Southern Boulevard Tenants Association will be joined the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, the Urban Justice Center, and other allies.
WHO: 1058 Southern Boulevard Tenants Association and Allies
WHAT: Rally and Press Conference
WHEN: Wednesday, April 17th at 10:30 AM
WHERE: 1118 Grand Concourse